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Burkina judge hears complaint of slain ex-leader’s widow after 27 years

Burkina judge hears complaint of slain ex-leader’s widow after 27 years

By Romaric Ollo Hien* Ouagadougou (AFP) – Mariam Sankara, the widow of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara, on Monday for the first time gave testimony in an inquiry looking into the assassination of her husband more than 27 years ago. Sankara spent nearly eight hours at a military court in the capital Ouagadougou answering questions by a judge tasked with investigating her husband’s murder in a 1987 coup that saw his former friend Blaise Compaore take … Read entire article »

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news From All Africa Nigeria: PDP Seeks to Redefine Itself [Deutsche Welle] In Nigeria, the process of rebuilding the defeated People’s Democratic Party is underway. Two leading party members have stepped down to ease efforts to strengthen the PDP and put it on course to return to power. Rwanda: German Court Overturns 14-Year Sentence for Former Rwandan Mayor [Deutsche Welle] An accomplice in the 1994 Rwanda genocide will face life imprisonment in Germany after a court overturned a shorter sentence. The former Rwandan mayor was allegedly actively involved in the Kiziguro church massacre. Malawi: 2014 Presidential Elections 'Neither Credible Nor Fair' [Malawi24] As a solid year gone since Malawi’s ever 2014 Tripartite Election, a new civil society report describes it as … Read entire article »

Bangui market helps mend ties after C. Africa conflict

Bangui market helps mend ties after C. Africa conflict

By Patrick Fort* Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – “Let Us Reconcile” implores a banner on a statue at the entrance to the main market in Bangui, in a Muslim neighbourhood that gave refuge to people fleeing religious strife that swept the Central African Republic. The market was a thriving hub in the capital’s Kilometre Five district before a March 2013 coup … Read entire article »

China illegally fishing in Africa, Greenpeace study finds

China illegally fishing in Africa, Greenpeace study finds

Beijing (AFP) – Chinese companies have been illegally fishing off the coast of West Africa, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said in a study Wednesday, at times sending incorrect location data suggesting they are as far away as Mexico. The number of Chinese-flagged or Chinese-owned fishing boats operating in Africa has soared in recent decades, from just 13 in 1985 to 462 … Read entire article »

M.I.A. says video with Ivory Coast dancer blocked

M.I.A. says video with Ivory Coast dancer blocked

New York (AFP) – The hip-hop star M.I.A., no stranger to controversy, says her new video featuring a dancer from the Ivory Coast has been blocked due to concerns over “cultural appropriation.” In a series of messages on Twitter, M.I.A. said that unspecified forces had prevented her from releasing the video. Her label did not comment. “I wanna talk about cultural appropriation! … Read entire article »

Zuma apologises to Mozambicans for xenophobic violence

Maputo (AFP) – South African President Jacob Zuma apologised to Mozambicans Wednesday for a recent outbreak of xenophobic violence in which at least seven people died and hundreds of migrants were forced to flee their homes. Speaking at the start of a two-day state visit to Maputo, Zuma said the attacks — which included the murder of a Mozambican man captured by a press photographer — “shocked us and disturbed us”. Apologising on behalf of the “small minority of South Africans” involved in the violence, Zuma said: “The Mozambicans are our brothers, our sisters, that’s like a family problem really.” Rampant unemployment and poverty are seen as contributing to the violence by South Africans, who accuse migrants from … Read entire article »

Congo assesses $6.7 billion contracts with Chinese

Congo assesses $6.7 billion contracts with Chinese

By SALEH MWANAMILONGO* KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s government is bringing in outside experts to investigate the long-term impact of some $6.7 billion in contracts with Chinese companies that critics say could exploit the central African nation’s mineral riches. Congo’s government has a 32 percent stake while China has 68 percent in the mining project called Sicomines. It was created in 2008 … Read entire article »

Burkina judge hears complaint of slain ex-leader’s widow after 27 years

Burkina judge hears complaint of slain ex-leader’s widow after 27 years

By Romaric Ollo Hien* Ouagadougou (AFP) – Mariam Sankara, the widow of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara, on Monday for the first time gave testimony in an inquiry looking into the assassination of her husband more than 27 years ago. Sankara spent nearly eight hours at a military court in the capital Ouagadougou answering questions by a judge tasked with investigating … Read entire article »

West African leaders to discuss presidential term limits

West African leaders to discuss presidential term limits

ACCRA (Reuters) – West African leaders are due to discuss a proposal aimed at limiting presidential mandates to two terms at a regional summit on Tuesday, officials said. The talks by members of West Africa’s ECOWAS bloc come as several long-standing African presidents are approaching legal term limits. Attempts to change the law, or circumvent it, have sparked unrest in Burundi … Read entire article »

TNS and Kantar Media announce strategic mobile research partnership with GeoPoll in Africa

TNS and Kantar Media announce strategic mobile research partnership with GeoPoll in Africa

A new range of research products and services intended to deepen and improve market research in Africa Global research consultancy TNS has today announced an exclusive and wide-reaching strategic partnership with GeoPoll , the world’s largest mobile survey platform. Under the multi-year agreement, TNS and sister company, Kantar Media, will join forces with GeoPoll to deploy a new range of research products … Read entire article »